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by Hectamatatortron
Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 23069

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

Upon closer inspection the comic references more than itself; the balls are inert.
by Hectamatatortron
Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0750: "Book Burning"
Replies: 121
Views: 28120

Re: "Book Burning" discussion

I don't like this book. Let's buy another copy of it to support the author we disagree with before committing suicide out of stupidity and financial retardation.

How many layers of irony is this I lost count
by Hectamatatortron
Mon May 31, 2010 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0747: "Geeks and Nerds"
Replies: 130
Views: 36962

Re: "Geeks and Nerds" Discussion

A geek is one who bites heads off of chickens. A nerd is one who knows this definition. I can't agree enough with this statement. Sounds like there's some lore I haven't located out of...disinterest...which is shared between you two. Nope, as far as wanton curiosity is concerned I mainly venture in...
by Hectamatatortron
Mon May 31, 2010 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0747: "Geeks and Nerds"
Replies: 130
Views: 36962

Re: "Geeks and Nerds" Discussion

How incredibly relevant and xkcd-like, compared to recent comics, all of a sudden. and here I thought I had the end all definition I always considered geek to more refer to people who were just plain awkward and obsessive and that "nerd" implied some level of superior intelligence so I'd a...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45785

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

I rarely watch the news because of complete failures like this and all the unnecessary pessimism, but the other day it happened to be on and I distinctly heard a web address being reported as containing a backslash. Needless to say it drove me nuts. And I guess the effect lasted because I logged in ...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104182

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

Oh Randall, you tease. Giving us just the third panel of the comic and making us think it was actually the whole thing.
by Hectamatatortron
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 13022

Did you use diagonalization (is that the right term?) with inline assembly to get that huge speed boost? Geez.
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 13022

I'm not sure if I declared the stuff public domain or not. I haven't attached a license to it and I host it where it can be easily accessed by fellow coders, though, so I might as well just pretend it's public domain. Pow: FloatPow: push {r2-r5, lr} mov r2, r0 mov r3, r1 mov r4, #0x0 mov r1, #0x3F00...
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 13022

Running the float to text on the results of e^pi - pi yielded "1.999909e1". It's only like 5-6 digits of accuracy I believe. It accumulates rounding errors incredibly fast. In my defense, I wrote it within less than a year of learning to program at all. And when I actually debugged the mat...
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 13022

Re: Awesome Acheivements

I'm stiff chuffed about the QuikWriting implementation I did for the NDS years a few years ago. What does this do? It sounds potentially interesting. On topic, I've written a floating point emulator in ARM assembly. It supports Reciprocation Addition Multiply Compare InverseSqrt Arctangent IntToFlo...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Should I learn Assembly?
Replies: 102
Views: 11936

We JUST went over how Boron, Arsenic and Silicon mixtures can be used to make transistors in Computer Architecture. Get out of my head, Earlz. I agree you shouldn't need to know so much about things you're abstracting if the goal is to utilize the higher level for purposes of efficiency, but I also ...
by Hectamatatortron
Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Should I learn Assembly?
Replies: 102
Views: 11936

Just had to dig up my password so I could post here. YES learn assembly. I got tired of lacking the haxpertise to reverse engineer things, so with no prior programming experience I said "I don't care if it's hard" and taught myself assembly by reading opcode documentation and hand-assembli...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Zune leap year bug
Replies: 20
Views: 3338

Re: Zune leap year bug

Heh, wouldn't it auto-correct upon the next execution in that case? That is, "days" would be equal to say, 366 + 365 (more than a year has passed); I have little faith in my ability to play through code in my head (this saddens me considering how good I used to be at it before I started pa...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Zune leap year bug
Replies: 20
Views: 3338

Why is it in a while block?

It looks like it'd work if it were an "if" instead of a "while" block.

Seems really silly to use a while loop for that.
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15654

What's a typewriter? Joking aside, I seriously have never used one... they are like mythological creatures to me. Everyone says they exist, but you never really know, do you... I have used a typewriter. I despised it, because I couldn't use a backspace key when I screwed up. I was a little kid when...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 146107

Ooh ooh I got one! 'Open file dialog targetStr = Application.GetOpenFilename("IGS Files (*.igs;*.txt), " _ & "*.igs;*.txt,All Files (*.*), *.*", 1, "Choose a point cloud file:") On Error GoTo Success If targetStr = False Then Exit Sub End If Success: 'Wow, only M$ ...
by Hectamatatortron
Sat May 10, 2008 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0421: "Making Hash Browns"
Replies: 122
Views: 36942

This comic makes me want to implement the md5 hashes of strings related to the word "potato" in some application...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning Assembly . . . Which one?
Replies: 22
Views: 2786

Thanks for the info, guys. I can see an example of what you mean by recalling the Thumb mode BL instruction on ARM processors. :P I personally love ARM. It's my favorite ASM language, but I'm excited about potentially playing around with PPC when I get into Wii homebrew related activities. I'll pro...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning Assembly . . . Which one?
Replies: 22
Views: 2786

Assuming my opinion matters, I would suggest learning the language of an RISC architecture. CISC architecture instruction sets bug the crap out of me. D: I suppose CISCs might be more optimal though, with their variable length opcodes and quirky, pragmatic instruction sets. Maybe it's better to sac...
by Hectamatatortron
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 84050

I declare all viewers of this comic superior to those who have not, for we have won. Never mind if the comic is officially recognized by the original perpetuators of "The Game" (it doesn't need to be if Randall made it).
by Hectamatatortron
Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0387: "Advanced Technology"
Replies: 105
Views: 31816

I went for the "He's trying to inspect her, but she's backing away slowly because she's disturbed" interpretation. Not as violent as the "She's about to hit/knee him" interpretations, but not as peaceful as the "She's pregnant and they're admiring the new life" interpr...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 59003

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

This was fun. (7:33:39 PM) hyp3rhax0r: yeah and now it's not doing that anymore (7:33:52 PM) hyp3rhax0r: but instead nothing is being rendered (7:34:05 PM) hectorofchad: C-x M-c M-butterfly (7:34:21 PM) hyp3rhax0r: and now it works again (7:34:33 PM) hectorofchad: ... (7:34:37 PM) hectorofchad: you...
by Hectamatatortron
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: So I'm just starting C++...
Replies: 47
Views: 5653

I've got that, too.

Dev C++'s debugging does indeed leave me wanting. Urgh.
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: So I'm just starting C++...
Replies: 47
Views: 5653

So if I had compiled under Linux, all the unused stuff would have been excluded from the executable? That's not fair D:

Stupid Windows. :/ Yeah, I use Dev C++. Blech.
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: So I'm just starting C++...
Replies: 47
Views: 5653

Well, I HATE the massive size of iostream. This is just a tiny program that doesn't need to be half a megabyte. I don't like scanf either, though. I thought I'd try it because I see better programmers using it. I usually use fgets with stdin as an argument, so I can have full control over user inpu...
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: So I'm just starting C++...
Replies: 47
Views: 5653

A modification of !xobile's example: #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <time.h> int number = rand() % 101; int guess; int main() { srand( time(NULL) ); printf("Enter a number from 0 - 100\n"); while(number != guess) { printf...
by Hectamatatortron
Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which method for a mathematically defined constant?
Replies: 14
Views: 2062

Re: Which is better/more desirable?

(I always hated how my scientific calculator never had a log x y function, and I could never remember the method for deriving different bases from combinations of log 10 ) I was trying to remember that the other day myself. Fortunately, I recalled that it had something to do with division, namely: ...
by Hectamatatortron
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Spriting? What the hell would that be now?
Replies: 11
Views: 4489

If you'll just notice my avatar (and if you learn that I made it), you can easily guess that I like spriting, too. I don't claim to be very good at it, but I like this art form very much. I pretty much had to, though. I was hard core into GBA game editing a while back. Wanted to be one of those guy...
by Hectamatatortron
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

I suppose this thread is kind of dead, but I wanted to share this: 80 Lines; output of my power function versus the output a real FPU generates (in that order) Function used was 3^x, where x was incremented by 1 each iteration (and indeed, 3^80 is the highest integer power of 3 that can be represen...
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What editor do you use?
Replies: 124
Views: 21545

I be loving that chart. As far as programming editors go, I use notepad for when I get tired of waiting on Dev C++ to load, or for assembly programming. I wait for Dev C++ when I'm in dire need of syntax highlighting and want to be able to just hit a compile button. If not for the compile button, I...
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

Actually, I wasn't going to implement a plain integer exponentiation routine. I suppose I could (read: should) use a "if (X == FloatTruncToInt(X)) line to test for integer exponents, and use a faster routine if that is the case. But your ln(m 2E) = ln(m) + E ln(2) looks plenty fast as it is, e...
by Hectamatatortron
Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

Re: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)

Actually, this point isn't entirely true. It's...weird. When I had GCC's emulator print the Fibonaccis, it printed just as many as mine did. When I had it printing some other series of numbers, it was crashing at 0x4CC00000. I'm not sure what was up with that. Maybe your "put machine code in a...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

That's exactly my plan. I think I snuck that mention into an edit of a post that had already been replied to, though. But yes, that will be how I do it. Edit: No, wait, I read that too quickly and interpreted it wrong (it looks similar to something else I said I was doing). You're talking about rip...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

I edited my above post to mention that log e only needs to be approximated from 0 to 1 for X Y to work, and then I thought about what would happen if I were actually using log e on its own for its intended purpose. Only going from 0 to 1 isn't gonna work D: Oh, duh. -log e (1/x) = log e (x). I need...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

Ah, using the lovely property of natural log to pull the exponent down to a scalar. If I'm serious about having all sorts of fun functions to play with, I should have a natural log algorithm anyway. I can probably find how to do that on my own very quickly, thanks (nifty thing about this project; f...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

Heh, that's an odd question. Does it bug you? O_o I like purple. Edit: I wonder if I should throw in a poll somewhere asking how many members actually bother customizing their board experience. I'm guessing a lot of the nerdier folk here spend quite a bit of time on various fora, and if they bypass...
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

Honestly, I do believe I phrased it wrong. I was punching in numbers on MS Calc to see what happens when I actually do what I said, and I think I wound up doing what I had meant to say instead of what I actually said. Then I thought I had phrased it correctly because what I had entered was correct....
by Hectamatatortron
Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417834

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

...rare ability of forum users here to actually think about what someone else posted. Hats off everyone, it's not common... Heh, I can vouch for that. Every other forum I go to has a clear schism between intelligent posters and fools. The intelligent posters are also split; those who post arrogantl...
by Hectamatatortron
Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)
Replies: 20
Views: 2314

Rational Powers (in C++, I guess)

Yay, first real post on xkcd's forums! :D Now, I could probably research for a few days until I found some example source code of this algorithm (X^Y, where Y is the rational scalar by which the scalar X is raised to exponentially). I'm writing a float emulator; I have two versions of it so far. On...
by Hectamatatortron
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417834

I've been lurking quite a bit myself. I usually go by "Zeld" on forums, but I thought I'd stick with this odd new screen name for a while. I'd rather you didn't ask what it means, because I'd rather keep my typing fingers' energy at a reasonable level (as opposed to winded and weathered fr...

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